Kreg Makes A Track Saw The Right Way Hothttps://www.tool-rank.com/media/listing/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/eb/69/24/ACS3000-28-6-1550738069.jpg
Finally, someone has made a Track Saw the right way, and by "right", I actually mean left. What I actually mean is that Kreg has come out with a new Track Saw System and they have gone against the norm by using a blade-left design—something I have been complaining about for years. The new Kreg Track Saw is more than just the saw though; the saw is only part of Kreg's Adaptive Cutting System, designed to replace a table saw and even a miter saw for certain tasks.
In the past, Kreg has made jigs and guides that work with circular saws to give them basic track saw functionality, but as far as I know, this is the first circular saw of their own. To set themselves apart it makes sense to do something different than everyone else. It helps if the thing that makes you different also makes you better. And I just happen to think that the blade-left design is better.
I have been complaining about the lack of blade-on-left circular saws for a number of years now, as I feel they are better suited for right-handed people in most situations (you can read my rant here). This complaint is especially true for track saws, where the user has to walk next to their cut while ripping down large sheet goods. This almost guarantees that the user has to use their left hand. This is not a huge problem on track saws where the guide does most of the work, but the average right-handed person would feel more comfortable using their dominant hand. I think it is great that Kreg not only saw the blade-left design as advantageous but they also chose to use it in their own Track Saw.
More than just optimized for right-handed use, the new Kreg Plunge Saw has other features you would expect to find in more expensive track saws. Some of the things you might notice on the exterior are the built-in dust collector or the fully-shrouded blade. Some of the safety features include a retractible riving knife, kickback prevention and, electronic braking.
On to the stats—the saw has a cutting capacity of 2-1/8" maximum cut at 90° and 1-1/2" at 45°. It has an adjustable bevel that ranges from -1° to 47° with stops at 0° and 45°. In addition to variable speed control (2,000 to 6,000 RPM), the 12-amp 120-volt motor features load compensation. The Saw alone retails for $299.99, but you can purchase a kit that includes a 62" track for $399.99.
The Project Table is what really shows what the Kreg Adaptive Cutting System can do. The table allows the track to be mounted so that the saw can be quickly used to make cuts without having to reclamp the track to your material for each new cut; the material is essentially trapped between the track and the table surface. The Kreg Project Table reminds me of the EurekaZone Working Center, only more simplified for the average user. Using the holes in the table with the included guides and stops ensures that the material is positioned precisely where you need it. The Adaptive Cutting System Project Table Kit retails for $499.99, or you can purchase the Kreg Plunge Saw with the Project Table for $899.98
The Kreg Adaptive Cutting System will be available in March 2019.